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    Schumer: Immigration bill to be ready by Labor Day

    Hopefully there is enough patriotic Americans in office to see that this "immigration bill fails.

    The Associated Press: Schumer: Immigration bill to be ready by Labor Day
    WASHINGTON (AP) The lead Democrat steering an immigration overhaul through the Senate said Wednesday he expects to have a bill ready by Labor Day that is more generous to highly skilled immigrant workers than those who are lower skilled and is tough on future waves of illegal immigration.

    In an interview with The Associated Press, Sen. Chuck Schumer said an immigration bill can be done by the end of the year or early next year that works out disagreements between labor and business interests on the flow of legal foreign workers.

    "I think we'll have a good bill by Labor Day," said Schumer, D-N.Y. "I think the fundamental building blocks are in place to do comprehensive immigration reform."

    Schumer said the way to get the bill done is to be very tough on future waves of illegal immigration. He declared himself pro-immigration and said the U.S. should encourage legal immigration and find some kind of path for people now here to find a way to legal citizenship.

    "We have a shortage maybe of engineers here or Ph.D's in physics, but we probably don't have a shortage of people who can do construction work," Schumer said.

    The AFL-CIO and the Change to Win labor unions earlier this year announced their support for immigration reform, which they have opposed in the past.

    But the unions' continued opposition to increases in visas for foreign workers is at odds with the demand by business for legal foreign workers in industries ranging from high-technology to agriculture.

    "I think one of the ways to bridge it is to look at the different areas of labor and where there are shortages and where there are not and where just workers are being brought in for exploitive purposes broadly put meaning just get lower wages rather than having a shortage," Schumer said. "I think if you look at each broad field you can see that one size does not fit all."

    Schumer's office has met to dyscuss his bill with Compete America, a coalition pushing for more visas for foreign workers. Members of the group are skeptical of a labor proposal for an appointed commission to set limits on visas and green cards given to legal residents, said Robert Hoffman, an in-house lobbyist for Oracle, a software company and member of Compete America.

    Ana Avendano, AFL-CIO's director of immigration policy, said Schumer's "one size doesn't fit all" view is shared by labor. "We want employers to have workers they need, but the key is determining when there is a real need, not one employers make up when they import temporary workers."

    Earlier Wednesday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said beginning Sept. 8, businesses wanting federal contracts would have to use E-Verify, a Web-based system, to check whether their employees are legally working in the U.S. The Bush and Obama administrations had delayed implementing the rule.

    The Senate voted for a proposal to make the E-Verify system permanent as it debated a spending bill for the Homeland Security Department.

    The department also said it is abandoning a Bush administration plan to force employers to fire workers who can't resolve a mismatch between their Social Security numbers don't match their names. The administration said it would come up with a new rule.
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    Re: Schumer: Immigration bill to be ready by Labor Day

    Schumer is such a ****ing putz, this "immigration" bill is just another form of amnesty.
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    Re: Schumer: Immigration bill to be ready by Labor Day

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Hopefully there is enough patriotic Americans in office to see that this "immigration bill fails.
    So if some one disagrees with you on this issue they are "unpatriotic". Do you have any idea how stupid that sounds?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    So if some one disagrees with you on this issue they are "unpatriotic". Do you have any idea how stupid that sounds?
    It is unpatriotic to give 20 million plus invaders amnesty instead of kicking them to the back of the line. Those in office have no business tossing the salads of those have no respect for our sovereignty.
    "A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"

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    Re: Schumer: Immigration bill to be ready by Labor Day

    The Democrats are going to need all those extra votes.
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    Re: Schumer: Immigration bill to be ready by Labor Day

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    It is unpatriotic to give 20 million plus invaders amnesty instead of kicking them to the back of the line. Those in office have no business tossing the salads of those have no respect for our sovereignty.
    Seems like it would make more sense to change the system in a way that would reduce the length of the line and remove the temptation for not using the system.

    But I guess that's unpatriotic of me to even suggest ...

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    Re: Schumer: Immigration bill to be ready by Labor Day

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    It is unpatriotic to give 20 million plus invaders amnesty instead of kicking them to the back of the line. Those in office have no business tossing the salads of those have no respect for our sovereignty.
    They are not invaders. See, I am firmly against amnesty. I think if you are willing to break this countries laws, you should expect to be punished, and should never be granted citizenship, or even be allowed to spend time in our country(outside of maybe prison). I am pretty hardcore on this. I don't have room to bend on this issue. I see no room to compromise. If you are in the country illegally, you are a criminal, not an immigrant.

    However, your over the top rhetoric and namecalling make the rest of us who agree with you on the issue look bad, and you hurt our cause.

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    Im all for making the legal immigration process a little more immigrant friendly but I am not ok with granting millions of illegal immigrants legal status.

    They are only encouraging lawlessness. If enough people break the law the system will choose the easier path and overlook it.

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    Re: Schumer: Immigration bill to be ready by Labor Day

    Illegal immigration is promoted by inequitable international wage differentials exacerbated by trade liberalization that generates economic benefits that accrue overwhelmingly to the American financial class. The implementation of fair trade and the decriminalization of border crossing should alleviate that to some extent, but the aforementioned financial class benefits from the promulgation of propagandic misinformation, and is thus in favor of continuing to spread lies about the "problems" and "solutions" as they pertain to illegal immigration. And you know who runs the show.

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    Re: Schumer: Immigration bill to be ready by Labor Day

    Quote Originally Posted by Coronado View Post
    Seems like it would make more sense to change the system in a way that would reduce the length of the line and remove the temptation for not using the system.

    But I guess that's unpatriotic of me to even suggest ...
    What would make the most sense, IMO, is to not inject 20 million more workers into an economy when we already have an unemployment rate of 9.5% and climbing.
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    At least Bill saved his transgressions for grown women. Not suggesting what he did was OK. But he didn't chase 14 year olds.

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